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Hello all,
Looking for some opinions here…I recently took a fairly hard fall on my ‘17 Z650. I went through the trouble of purchasing a Ninja 650 fuel tank on eBay and painting it and some fairing pieces a kind fella sent me from these forums before finding that my initial damage assessment was lacking.
Today, while removing my busted frame slider and reinstalling the painted fairings, I found that not one, but BOTH front motor mounts are sheared off. These are the mounting holes that the frame slider bolts go through with a nut on the back.
As far as I know, (and I’m ignorant when it comes to welding) cast aluminum is a pain in the A$$ to weld…and short of hoping JB weld would hold, I see my only option as having insurance take a look at it. At which point I assume they’d total the bike. 🤦🏼‍♂️
Any input or advice would be greatly appreciated. I’ve attached some photos of a motor on eBay to show the location of the mounting holes (motor mounts) alongside the photos of mine. Let me know y’all’s thoughts on this!
- Andrew
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I feel your pain. But honestly, with the engine being a stressed member of the frame I am not sure I'd want to ride it, even if it can be fixed - - and I KNOW I wouldn't want to ride it if JB Weld was the fix. As far as insurance goes, I'm pretty sure that their verdict will be "total loss".
 

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I feel your pain. But honestly, with the engine being a stressed member of the frame I am not sure I'd want to ride it, even if it can be fixed - - and I KNOW I wouldn't want to ride it if JB Weld was the fix. As far as insurance goes, I'm pretty sure that their verdict will be "total loss".
I have seen this before. I would firstly write or whatever to the bung manufacturers some people have had this before . My son took his off when he saw similar problem on a forum and managed to get his money back at least for the bungs, sighting the damaged caused to other similar machines. This is a known fault of these bungs and if anyone else out there has them fitted then remove them.
Where you would go to get advice on this I would not have a clue. I know it`s of little help to you but I having seen this type of damage. I was shown on cbr 650 forum pics ( the same sort of mounting). I would not entertain fitting these.
You could try speaking to a specialist welding firm, however it is a long held belief that welding is not available for this material. I may be wrong give it a try.
claim for your accident and at least you will get some compensation and ask for the salvage then look for an engine or break the bike for further monies.
Sorry for your circumstances.
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Ouch! That must have been a heavy impact. Hope no one got hurt.
To be honest I'd be concerned about damage to the rest for the frame as you may find it out of true. So even if you go down the route and get the cracks welded - or another engine - there could be other issues waiting to be found. It could become a money pit!
Plus, personally speaking getting a bike back on the road after an accident I've found its never the same.
Sadly Id say cut your losses and see what your insurance company offers.
Good luck

Tim
 
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